Journal of Genetic Counseling

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 445–451 | Cite as

Teaching Genomic Counseling: Preparing the Genetic Counseling Workforce for the Genomic Era

  • Gillian W. HookerEmail author
  • Kelly E. Ormond
  • Kevin Sweet
  • Barbara B. Biesecker
Next Generation Genetic Counseling


Genetic counselors have a long-standing history of working on the clinical forefront of implementing new genetic technology. Genomic sequencing is no exception. The rapid advancement of genomic sequencing technologies, including but not limited to next generation sequencing approaches, across all subspecialties of genetic counseling mandates attention to genetic counselor training at both the graduate and continuing education levels. The current era provides a tremendous opportunity for counselors to become actively involved in making genomics more accessible, engaging the population in decisions to undergo sequencing and effectively translating genomic information to promote health and well-being. In this commentary, we explore reasons why genomic sequencing warrants particular consideration and put forward strategies for training program curricula and continuing education programs to meet this need.


Genomics Next generation sequencing Genetic counseling training Continuing education 


Conflict of interest

Gillian W. Hooker, Kelly E. Ormond, Kevin Sweet and Barbara B. Biesecker declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gillian W. Hooker
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  • Kelly E. Ormond
    • 2
  • Kevin Sweet
    • 3
  • Barbara B. Biesecker
    • 1
  1. 1.Social and Behavioral Research Branch, Genetic Counseling Training Program, The Johns Hopkins School of Public HealthNational Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Genetics, MS Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling Program and Stanford Center for Biomedical EthicsStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  3. 3.Division of Human GeneticsOhio State University Wexner Medical CenterColumbusUSA
  4. 4.Social and Behavioral Research BranchNational Human Genome Research InstituteBethesdaUSA

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